Boise Philharmonic Season Finale 

Friday-Saturday, May 16-17

Art is as much for the hoi polloi as it is for the bourgeoisie, and in the hands of Boise Philharmonic music director Robert Franz and special guest, pianist Alexander Schimpf, works of masters like Beethoven, Schumann and Tchaikovsky transcend any class system.

Since 2008, when he became the first pianist in 14 years to win the German Music Competition, 33-year-old Schimpf has become a face for modern classical musicians. According to the critics, "he has all the earmarks of becoming a major force in the decades to come," and could become a "future hero" in a "classical music industry in need of reform."

Learn more about this king of the keys at Friday's Backstage With the Artist, a series in which Boise Philharmonic invites the public to the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, where the Honorable Stephen Trott hosts an intimate hour with Franz and the upcoming guest artist/composer/conductor to learn more about the music and the artists' creative process.

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